The Drabblecast is a weekly audio fiction magazine that offers strange stories for strange listeners.
Stories feature on the Drabblecast are generally narrated by charismatic host, humorist, and musician Norm Sherman. A full production, the Drabblecast features multiple voice actors, music, and foley effects. The podcast has a finely tuned 'voice' that crosses all genres, including horror, science fiction, fantasy and 'other.' Special features include 100-word stories called, “drabbles,” 100 character stories coined “twabbles,” as well as Norm's own Bbardles, songs based on story themes.
Created by Norm Sherman.
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Drabblecast 1 – The Coughing Dog
In the Drabblecast’s very first episode, ‘Norman’ Sherman introduces his own story The Coughing Dog. It’s a tale about a family reuniting at Christmas, and a domestic pet with a very… unusual condition. Norm also introduces the basic concept of the sho...
Drabblecast 2 – Longing for Love: A Unicorn’s Story
Not your average fairy-tale about an obese squirrel and a unicorn with back acne…. In episode 2 Norm brings us the quirky story of Gregory, a unicorn cursed with bad health and worse luck. This is also the first episode in which Norm introduces the sho...
Drabblecast 3 – Next Stop
The metrotrain at 6am can be a great place to make new friends… The Drabblecast’s third episode brings us Luke Coddington’s Next Stop, a short, atmospheric story of an encounter with a homeless man on Baltimore’s metro,
Drabblecast 4 – Uncle Ollie’s Gift
Some things are just too precious to leave behind… Episode 4 of the Drabblecast brings us “Uncle Ollie’s Gift,” a story of keeping your family close, and your prized possessions closer. The story’s author Kendall Marchman joins Norm to provide sound ef...
Drabblecast 5 – Guardians
A terrible accident on the highway brings about an even greater collision of forces… A problem with Norm’s planned story for this week results in him falling back on one of his own – Guardians. This tale explores a world where guardian angels exist.
Drabblecast 6 – The Frog Prince
Nikki’s looking for a Prince… Episode 6 of the Drabblecast brings us The Frog Prince, a story exploring the transformative potential of frog smooching. Norm recommends his favorite podcast Escape Pod, and invites authors to submit their weird stories.
Drabblecast 7 – Rutabaga
Tony goes undercover for the police to get a deal with “The Boss” recorded on tape… In Episode 7 Norm shares the full version of ‘Rutabaga’, a tale of crime and unusual punishment, the now iconic song played as opening theme music for every episode of ...
Drabblecast 8 – Epiphany
Ever had one of those days? Drabblecast episode 8 brings a hard-luck tale like few before – Adam Carvin’s “Epiphany,” which explores just how bad things can really get, and how to keep them in perspective. And a momentous first,
Drabblecast 9 – Vengeance at 4 a.m.
Rushing to clean the house before Aunt Mary comes home, April and her sister realize that Grandpa’s old clock is broken… Episode 9 of the Drabblecast brings us ‘Vengeance at 4 a.m.’ by Lindsey Anderson – a deathly tale of heirlooms and eternally grumpy...
Drabblecast 10 – A Little Black Death
He kept them in jars in his garage. Row after row of mayonnaise jars, each one containing a small, shiny blob of instant death…. In its tenth episode, the Drabblecast presents Lance Arthur’s story ‘A Little Black Death’ – a spider story,
Drabblecast 11 – Black and White Animals Part 1 : Secret Weapons
A day at the zoo turns into humanity’s ultimate struggle for survival… Episode 11 of the Drabblecast brings us Secret Weapons – the first chapter of the Black and White Animals trilogy. Norm and Kendall Marchman share this story of a trip to the zoo tu...
Drabblecast 12 – Free Willy 2.4
A textbook example of whale robotics gone terribly wrong… Episode 12 sees the climax of the first ever Super Animal Deathmatch (also know as the Mega-Beast Death-Match), with Norm revealing the winner – Telephant.
Drabblecast 13 – RORRIM
This is a story about how one thing leads to another, if you know what I mean. It’s about what the Chinese mean when they say: “I curse you with an interesting time”…. In this episode of the Drabblecast, a convention goer encounters a unique,
Drabblecast 15 – Roanax
Taygath couldn’t wait – the scouts had reported that these predator specimens were truly magnificent. His pedipalps twitched with anticipation…
Drabblecast 17 – Morton
He was a genetic disaster – holding in his impressive repertoire of infirmities: asthma, severe lactose intolerance, a disposition to rashes, acute ugliness, a chronic blob shape and an allergy to anything you can find on the periodic table…
Drabblecast 18 – The One That Got Away
“Christ, what the hell is that thing?” “Hell if I know, but it ain’t no speckled perch- I can say that much…”
Drabblecast 19 – Sredni Vashtar
Sredni Vashtar went forth, His thoughts were red thoughts and his teeth were white. His enemies called for peace, but he brought them death. Sredni Vashtar the Beautiul…
Drabblecast 20 – A Day with Daddy
A man and his daughter encounter trouble at the local grocery store…. On this episode of the Drabblecast, an eccentric parent takes his ‘child’ out for a day of shopping… complications ensue.
Drabblecast 21 – The Metamorphosis of the Phosphorescent Avenger
Jell, Porp and Oct decide to stick it to the man…
Drabblecast 22 – Black and White Animals Part 2 : Vengeful Hearts
With humanity’s fate at stake, Ling Ling and his Black and White followers face a new and mighty foe…
Drabblecast 23 – Momentum
Even after it really hit the fan out there, Dwight never ventured far from the carnival grounds. His fellow carneys had all left in search of family members to be with. But Dwight’s family was still here…
Drabblecast 24 – Black and White Animals Part 3 : Chromatic Conclusions
Part Three of the Black and White Animals Trilogy, Brenda and the Black and White Animals Prepare for the Final Battle with Emperor Mersatz…
Drabblecast 25 – The Worm Within
Today we bring to you The Worm Within, by Vincent Eaton. It’s a strange tale. A rather gross tale… about a tail. It’s a tale about a worm tail and a man’s tail area. And meat. Have you ever felt something was off inside your body?
Drabblecast 26 – Once Upon a Hill in this City
Two young men slink behind her…I catch the glint of metal from their back pockets and the answering glint of their teeth as they exchange smiles..
Drabblecast 27 – Crazy
Ma called it the crazy. She always had. The old lady called it something else. Most of the time, before I- touched one- I used the word Ma used, or sometimes I called it the weirdness, to myself… On this episode of the Drabblecast,
Drabblecast 28 – The Hog-Faced Man
I listened to my father talk about the hog-faced man who came into his hospital room and stood at the foot of his bed. “What does he say to you?” I asked. My father turned his head and looked at me. “He tells me he’s too early…” On this episode of the ...
Drabblecast 29 – Code Brown
The Drabblecast presents “Code Brown” by Dermot Glennon. This episode opens with a little gospel, hehe. Then we move on to the Drabble Poetry Corner with a wonderful diddy by William D. Tucker. This poem is the second in a three-part series.
Drabblecast 30 – 2084
“What are you doing tonight?” asked Julian, with a sly smirk on his face. He knew that Winston was prone to doing the most outrageous things. Winston smiled in return. “You know me Rick, nothing too risky!”…
Drabblecast 31 – Office Consultation
“What seems to be the problem John?” “It’s difficult to explain Doctor. To put it in a nutshell, I’m increasingly unable to come to grips with being…. On this episode of the Drabblecast, a panicked patient visits his physician with a ‘unique’ ailment.
Drabblecast 32 – The Warden’s Last Day
“It was 11 at night, and only a few shouts of men in the lifer block penetrated the concrete walls of death row. My name is Michael Zlocinac, and I am a warden of U.S. Federal Penitentiary at Magdalena, New Mexico…” On this episode of the Drabblecast,...
Drabblecast 33 – Dessert Storm
Fimlick the thief becomes restless as he and his companions journey across the desert….
Drabblecast 34 – The Suit
I watched him traverse the crowded room. He seemed physically different. It was not his attire, for that was unchanged. He was in the same ice-cream white suit….
Drabblecast 35 – The Guilt Trader
The rocking of the train soon lulled Patience into a deep sleep, and when Brian noticed her unconscious state he moved over opposite Eddie and asked, “So Eddie, what’s in the bag? It has a rather unpleasant odor…”
Drabblecast 36 – Pumpkinseeds
Their orange gazes came from devilishly carved eyes and their vigilant stares sent a chill up Kincade’s neck. He had never liked the gutted vegetables that people found hauntingly ornamental this time of year…
Drabblecast 37 – Luna Springs
They say the gravity’s lessened here, air’s purified, filtered with vitamins and proteins. Even the light’s better – Luna Springs is on a mobile foundation timed to keep optimum reflected sunlight at all hours… In Drabble News: a young girl born with ...
Drabblecast 38 – Trifecta
The Drabblecast’s first ever trifecta special, three short stories asking there interesting questions. Is best model, best witness? How much is a dream worth? And what would you do to get a pound of flesh? This episode marked the first “Trifecta,
Drabblecast 39 – The Beekeepers
The Tehtix move so damn fast – scientists can’t ever keep up… and populations never know what hit them… In a mind-bending tale of parasitic worms, intelligent wasps and a symbiotic virus, author J. Alan Pierce describes an unusual alien invasion that p...
Drabblecast 40 – Marbles
“Michael…” his mother said, smiling and bending toward him. “Don’t you think we should invite your new neighbor over to play?” In Drabble News: the field of Taxidermy triumphs with the successful recovery of a famous cryptozoological (mystery) animal....
Drabblecast 41 – Set Another Place at the Table, I’m Bringing My Pimple
It starts off like any normal bout of Pre-Menstrual Syndrome. I’m constipated, I’m depressed and I’ve got a pimple the size of a hazelnut on my chin… This week’s Drabble details a junk mail scam, betraying Norm’s deep interest in e-mail spam scams,
Drabblecast 42 – 40 Quarters
“Your work does sound most commendable, but I’m afraid there’s nothing I can do. Volunteer work, no matter how worthy, doesn’t pay taxes. There’s no such thing as a free lunch…” Building on last episode’s interest in a Nigerian scam spame e-mail,
Drabblecast 43 – Jelly Park
Drabblecast #43 presents “Jelly Park“ by Aliya Whiteley. In consideration of the holidays, Norm begins to see a common theme to this Drabblecast season: celebrating relationships. Take, for example, the relationship between the holidays and a pile of e...
Drabblecast 44 – The Arc of Hronos
I’ve almost finished checking those measurements. That tooth—it looks homo sapien. This could be huge… Norm presents, in his inimitable style, a one-minute review of his long-awaited movie indulgence, “Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem.
Drabblecast 45 – The Fine Point
Once you start to see them, they seem to be everywhere… The Drabble News report, of a 5-year scientific study which showed staring at women’s breasts prolonged the lifespan of males, inspires a now-infamous skit.
Drabblecast 46 – The She-Wolf
Leonard returned to his home circle garrulous about his Russian strike experiences, but oppressively reticent about certain dark mysteries, which he alluded to under the resounding title of Siberian Magic… Norm details numerous urban legends about revo...
Drabblecast 47 – The Silver Ring
“What have you got there, Dell?” Lars twisted his hand painfully to get a look at the ring. “Where did you find that?…” Norm introduces all and sundry to his latest favorite, real-life monster animal: the four-inch “Giant Water Bug,
Drabblecast 48 – The Destiny of Man
I know what they teach you in school, Bobby, but don’t let anyone tell you that the human race isn’t the greatest, most glorious of all earth’s creatures… Norm presents his one-minute review of the monster movie, “Cloverfield.
Drabblecast 49 – Heart to Heart
Here’s the thing Sheila- you’re the most beautiful woman I’ve ever met. You’re also funny, intelligent, sex is fantastic and you certainly have an interesting career but…I just don’t think I can date you anymore..